Start the walk from O'Reilly's. Take the border track through the rain-forest for 1.7 kilometres and turn left onto the Box Forest Circuit, at the next intersection turn right and continue downhill past Picnic Rock to another intersection. Elabana Falls is 140 meters to the left.
A short scramble over rocks in the creek is necessary to get the best view of the falls although for the less adventurous they can be viewed from the track. Be careful on the rocks as they can be slippery.
Return the same way or make a day of it and take the Toolona Creek Circuit (17.4 km) or the Box Forest Circuit (10.9 km) to return to O'Reilly's.
O'Reilly's has a café with great views and a suspended walk through the rain-forest called the Tree Top Walk. Bird feeding is another great activity costing a few dollars. Maps of the walking tracks are available in the gift shop.
To get to O'Reilly's – make your way to the small town of Canungra and take Kidston St at D.J Smith Park, this street becomes Lamington National Park Rd. Keep going for 35 kilometres (45 minutes). If you are using a GPS to navigate – be sure that it is taking you to the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park.
Tell a reliable person where you are walking and what time you will be back when bush walking. Take a map, compass, water and insect repellent. The temperature in Lamington can be ten degrees cooler that in the city and expect it to rain.
First of all I would like to thank you for such an informative website of what we can do on the weekends. You have inspired me to get out and about! My questions for you are: I would like to go to Elabana Falls to do a photoshoot with a model in and out of the water. Do you know if we are allowed to go in the water. Second, what time of day would you recommend for good light? Thanks again for your website., Linda
I think it's Permited to go in the water although the rocks can be very slippery and the pools may have loose rocks or broken timber. Also there are leaches and eels. Your model will have to be devoted and very careful (might be best not to tell her about the eels ;) ).
As for light the best time to shoot in the rainforest is when the sky is heavily overcast or even in the rain. This is because on sunny days the dappled light creates so much contrast that you will struggle to get any usable images without resorting to HDR exposures.